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411’s Comic Reviews: Damage #1, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1, More

January 25, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Damage 1

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Tank Girl: Full Color Classics 1988 – 1989

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

30 years ago, the dynamic partnership of Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz) and Alan Martin created the first Tank Girl comics in the classic black and white magazine, Deadline.

Titan Comics are proud to announce that in April 2018, as part of their year-long Tank Girl 30th anniversary celebrations, they will present those punky, manic, seminal strips in glorious color with Tank Girl: Full Color Classics 1988 – 1989 – just as Hewlett and Martin would have liked them three decades ago.

Compiled into six indispensible collector’s comic books, these prestige editions come packed with rare and unseen artwork as well as photos from the early days of the Martin and Hewlett partnership.

“We are exceptionally excited to go back and revisit the roots of Tank Girl. There was no choice to release the comics in full color back in the day, but if we had, this is precisely how we would have envisaged them,” said Tank Girl co-creator Alan Martin. “We’re also having a great time searching through the archives and finding unseen artwork and photos, which will give enlightening and contemporary context to the strips. This is a whole new light shining on the origins of our comics, just in time for her 30th Anniversary. We hope you will enjoy going back in time as much as we have!”

The Prisoner: Jack Kirby And Gil Kane Art Edition

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Titan Comics are thrilled to announce two new projects based on The Prisoner, licensed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the surreal 1960’s cult TV classic in 2018: an oversized artist edition of a lost comic book classic by comic book legends Jack Kirby and Gil Kane; as well as a brand-new comic series set in the world of The Prisoner by celebrated writer Peter Milligan (X-Statix, The Mummy) and artist Colin Lorimer (The Hunt, Harvest).

First shown on Canadian and UK TV screens in 1967, The Prisoner was co-created, written, directed and starred Patrick McGoohan (Scanners, Braveheart). Titan’s new unmissable comic collections and comic series are set to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the first US transmission in 1968.

In July, Titan Comics will publish an art-sized, hardcover collection of Jack Kirby, Gil Kane and Steve Englehart’s long-lost, previously unpublished The Prisoner comic strips based on the cult classic.

This special oversized collectors edition will contain the entire 17 page Jack Kirby strip, the first six pages of which were inked and lettered by Mike Royer, as well as 18 pages of pencils drawn by legendary comic artist Gil Kane.

In addition to reprinting these rare pages, this collection also features unmissable bonus archive material including facsimiles of the original script as written by Steve Englehart.

The Prisoner: Jack Kirby And Gil Kane Art Edition is just one part of Titan Comics’ exciting plans for The Prisoner’s 50th Anniversary year –alongside a brand-new comic series based on the cult favorite TV series, written by Peter Milligan with art by Colin Lorimer.

Titan Comics’ new series transports readers back to the mysterious village where everyone is a number, and features six amazing covers, including Mike and Laura Allred, Jack Kirby, a Patrick McGoohan photo cover and more to be revealed.

Damage #1

Review by RobF

DC Comics has launched a new comic line under the banner “New Age of DC Heroes” with various creators trying their hand at creating a new character. The first installment, Damage, is written by co-creators Tony Daniel and Robert Venditti, have not created a new legend. As a matter of fact, they may have ripped of an old one.

Let’s address the elephant in the room right away: this story is very similar to the story of the one and only Incredible Hulk. A young soldier is transformed into this large beast with the idea that he is controllable and will crush America’s enemies. But, as all monster prove, he is uncontrollable and goes on a rampage. There is a female General Ross-type in pursuit. And the Damage alter-ego known as Ethan is a fragile young man. With Damage out of control the Suicide Squad is brought in to reign him in. I always doubt a series when they trot in guest stars early in a series to boost readership. I feel either the creators (or DC) don’t feel the story can stand on its own when this occurs. And in this case, there is no indication it can.

The art is fine, nothing here to set it apart from any other rampaging monster story. I do have a small issue: in the last panel shouldn’t Ethan’s pants be much larger? They seem tighter, than they should be. It could be the way his body is configured but I they appear off to me.

I’m not sure why this book was chosen to kick-off a new comic line. Looking at some of the other characters I think this one should have been launched somewhere in the middle. If this is the best the New Age has to offer I have little hope for the rest.

Rating: 3.0 out of 10

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

I just finished reading Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 and opened up my laptop to write this was one of the most fantastic reads I’ve ever experienced. Writer Mark Russell, penciller Mike Feehan, inker Mark Morales and colorist Paul Mounts have done the near impossible and transformed Snagglepuss into the star of a true must-read series.

Filled with dark humor, cutting social commentary, and intricate characterization, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles introduces us to Snagglepuss, a Southern gay playwright who finds fame in the 1950s as the drama of Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) plays in the background.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg and this story is begging to be read and relished. I’ll keep it simple: Pick up this issue.

Rating: 9.8 out of 10

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